August 1st, 2009


Healthcare and the Honorable John Campbell (CA 48th Congressional District)

Out of the blue, I received the following e-mail from a dialysis nurse I know:


Congressman John Fleming ( Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment that would require congressmen and senators to take the same healthcare plan they force on us (under proposed legislation they are curiously exempt). Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign his petition (very simple - just first, last and email).
I have immediately done just that at: . Please urge as many people as you can to do the same!
If Congress forces this on the American people, the Congressmen should have to accept the same level of health care for themselves and their families


Well, Congressman Dr. Fleming and I may not see things exactly the same way, but I'd love to talk to him, as well as my own congressman, the Honorable John Campbell. I didn't think I could sign the petition, but I did write to Congressman Dr. Fleming and sent this copy to my congressman. At least, I live in the district he represents.

I sent this off to Congressman Dr. Fleming, and to the Honorable John Campbell, as one of his constituents:

Message Subject: HEALTHCARE
Message Text: I heard about your proposal that Congressmen and Senators be required to participate in the same program that they pass for all of citizens. Sounds fine to me. As a physician in active practice for the last 42 years, I've had many opportunities, on a daily basis, to experience the impact of government run insurance and private insurance, and for the last 8 years, I've participated in government run insurance, as a beneficiary: Medicare. Count me in the majority of Americans who wish to see a public option in healthcare reform. I've tried to make this clear to my representative in congress, the Honorable John Campbell of CA (48th District) but for some reason, he doesn't want to contact me. I am a small business owner and entrepreneur, and I volunteer 2 days per month to care for uninsured (and often, undocumented) patients with kidney disease. Should you encounter Mr. Campbell, please extend my best wishes, and my invitation to spend some time with me in the trenches of healthcare. Sincerely yours, Laurence Lewin, M.D. (714) 288-9229